- Mass Market Paperback: 512 pages
- Publisher: Saint Martin's Press Inc.; Reprint edition (23 Sept. 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0312945949
- ISBN-13: 978-0312945947
- Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 3.3 x 17.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 938,233 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Legend (An Event Group Thriller) Mass Market Paperback – 23 Sep 2008
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Sure to satisfy fans of "The X-Files." "Publishers Weekly on EVENT" A tale worthy of the giants of the genre like Clive Cussler, James Rollins, and Matthew Reilly, "Legend" is a definite must-read for action and adventure fans. Don't miss it. "Megalith.com" The Roswell Incident--whether legend, fact, or some combination of both--has inspired countless novels and movies over the years, but David Lynn Golemon's "Event" peels back the layers of Roswell with refreshing originality. The action is spectacularly cinematic, the characters compelling, and the story is a flat-out adrenaline rush that pits real-world, cutting-edge military technology against a literally out-of-this-world threat. Even better, the Event Group itself is one of the best fictional agencies to arise in the literature of government conspiracies. "New York Times bestselling authors Judith & Garfield Reeves-Stevens" Golemon puts his military experience to good use in this promising debut sure to satisfy fans of "The X-Files" .the plotting and hair's-breadth escapes evoke some of the early work of Preston and Child, and the author's premise offers a rich lode of materials for the inevitable sequels. "Publishers Weekly" Fans of UFO fiction will find this a great read, and fans of military fiction won't be disappointed either. "SFSIGNAL.COM" Imagine mixing in a blender a Tom Clancy novel with the movie Predator and the television series "The X-Files" .readers who enjoy nonstop action and lots of flying bullets will enjoy Golemon's first book in a projected series. "Library Journal""
About the Author
David L. Golemon is the author of the Event Group Thrillers, including "Event," "Ancients," "Leviathan" and "Primeval." "Legend," the second book in the series, was nominated for a RITA award for paranormal fiction. Golemon learned an early love of reading from his father, who told him that the written word, unlike other forms, allows readers to use their own minds, the greatest special effects machines of all an idea Golemon still believes. The only thing he loves more than writing is research, especially historical research, and he sees the subtext of his Event novels as being that understanding history allows us to create a better future. Golemon grew up in Chino, California, and now makes his home in New York."
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Pointless telling you the storyline,as it is on the cover,but to say as on the cover,it is an X-Files type book,mixed with James Rollins,but unlike the X-Files you actually get to meet the "being," It certainly fits in place with my other favourite authors,I would even rate above Cusslers books.
After reading this,I bought the entire series,I know some people moan about the same characters in books continuing,but I enjoy the continuity and I think it adds to the interest. Simple fact,if you don't like that sort of thing,don't buy
What always interests me,being an English reader,is the difference between how American authors portray a hero compared to English Authors.My favourite books are certainly from Andy Mcdermott,and English writer,whose hero is short,bald maybe getting a bit "over the hill" following his army days,but definitely someone us Brits can relate to. American writers always have the 6'4" legendary hunk of a man at the helm.I do wish this would change at times as us real people would prefer it once in a while.
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The story takes us from the island of Iwo Jima and digging in a previously unknown tunnel to discover something horribly dangerous and hidden for more than half-a-century after being accidentally discovered during the original Japanese occupation and deliberately re-buried...to the jungles of South America, over to the Vatican in Italy and MANY locations in between...including different times in history. At first I was a bit puzzled at how the author was going to merge these plotlines together, but never fear, he does and he does it--in MY opinion rather creatively.
For those of you who enjoy your action tales to have a healthy dose of the X-Files, some supernatural undertones mixed evenly with a great deal of violence, Legend is a book you probably ought to add to your collection. It requires you to drop your suspension of belief rather quickly -- but then again, what novel that proposes to have an X-Files-like theme doesn't? As for whether or not I enjoyed this book...I am actively searching to buy Event, his first novel if that means anything. If you enjoyed Steve Alten's Domain (a REAL page turner, BTW) this is right up your alley. As long as you aren't looking for absolute realism in your escapist fiction, you can certainly do worse than Legend.
So...why four stars and not five? Same reason as Event I'm afraid. I found the middle of the book to be a tad slow for my taste. And again, the cast of characters is absolutely massive. I'm catching on to who the main characters are, but this is after two books. So it seemed like an improvement, but I think that simply because it was book 2. I think Golemon's EVENT books are comparable to Rollin's Sigma books, but Jim has a tight cast of characters. EVENT is a huge organization and a lot of people get lost in the mix. When the good guys started dying I was actually very pleased because then I could figure out who was who. And I think I have the main characters squared away now, so the next book should be an easier read.
That said, I AM looking forward to the next one and will pick it up right away. For fans of Rollins, Reilly, Preston/Child....and me :) the EVENT series will be enjoyable reading. Legend is my favorite of the two published. Keep them coming, David!
-- Jeremy Robinson, author of Pulse (A Chess Team Adventure) and Kronos
This is a long story and has lots of twist, turns, characters, and locations. Though some may find it confusing, I had no trouble following along with things except toward the end when everything came together and I had some trouble keeping track of who was who. My biggest problem was his mixing of points of view within scenes. He does plenty of that, yet it wasn't so bad it turned me off. It has all the elements of a good action/adventure/thriller, and even has some icky bugs in it. It is good plot driven, third person thrills, from start to finish. Even the implausible aspects were not enough to turn me off. After all, it's fiction!
I can't say he's just as good, or better than James Rollins, but he still writes an excellent story that kept my attention. Recommended.
Since the inquiry deals with a mystery of the past Major Jack Collins leads the top secret Event Group to investigate whether the legend is real, hidden amidst the rainforest abundance. Not receiving the entire truth of the mission from his superiors leads to deadly encounters of a human kind. However, as they continue their quest, the Event Group soon finds a different LEGEND lurking in the Amazon; a humanoid beast that rises like a phoenix except out of the water to kill anyone threatening the secrets of the Incas who have been gone form here for centuries.
The Event Group is a sort of military take on the X-Files. The current tale is lighthearted action adventure fun especially when the team uses near futuristic gizmos to battle an invincible foe (read the tale if you want to know what this similar to the Creature from the Black Lagoon truly is). Although none of the players seem to be more than just 1950s comic book heroes, fans of 200 proof non-stop action will want to accompany Major Collins and his squad into the Amazon.
I'm surprised by the positive reviews, as I found the book to be a shallow cookie cutter story line that might make you wonder if IKEA might have suddenly entered the book publishing business.
The story revolves around the mysterious 'Event Group', which is yet another secretive government agency; as if the CIA, FBI, NSA, and Secret Service weren't enough. But the Event Group is apparently more important than its peers, as is treats the other agencies like red-haired step-children compared to itself.
At times, the book is quite tedious to read, as you are well aware of what is going to happen over the next 25-50 pages, but are forced to endure the vanilla action scenes.
Picture stereotypical action hero running through a barrage of bullets, never failing to escape injury, but taking plenty of bad guys down with him, while his enemies can't seem to hit the broadside of a barn, even though they are 'highly trained' military personnel and hold every possible tactical advantage.
As for the characters, Golemon apparently feels character development equates to giving a character a name, a gender and describing their professional background in science, government and military service; though somewhere in story, I do believe I spotted a token black guy.
As such, you could care less about any of the characters and they are little more than a name and a rank.
The story moves along quickly, but it is a pretty horrid plot. Without spoiling the suspense for you (some sarcasm there), let's just say that it is very convenient that some of the worlds most excavated historical sites suddenly turn up large artifacts the week of this story unfolding.
'Hmmm, who knew this treasure chest had anything useful in it. We should have opened it a long time ago.'
I also found several editing issues throughout the book, but without bogging down this review, I'll let them be. Just be aware that a literature masterpiece, this book is not.
All-in-all, I'd be surprised if Golemon could get better than a 'C' in a college creative writing class and I'm surprised he was ever published.
In summary, this novel is almost 'fan fiction' modeled after any number of existing story lines, and Golemon just changed the names and the setting. Ok, it's not quite that generic, but its close.
Unless you're stuck in a situation where you have to buy a book from a grocery store isle to alleviate your boredom, I'd certainly pass on anything written by Golemon. Even if, there has to be something else available. At the very least, read something else again; you'll get very much the same experience but with better writing.